The Great Indian Jewel Brief
Indian Jewellery is evolving and how! Smita Balram Kumar presents the latest jewelbox trends
Costume jewellery is no longer ‘ fake’. Designer costume jewellery represents experimentation with atypical materials— brass, polished white metal, acrylic, glass, beads, synthetic colourful stones— and bolder design sensibilities. “I use brass, copper, steel, wire, zipper, silver, acrylic— anything that catches my fantasy,” says Hyderabad- based Suhani Pittie, who is listed amongst the top ten inventive and ingenious jewellery designers in the world by the World Gold Council.
Her work is inspired by the Charminar, ancestral havelis, street dancers, bangle makers, local kumhars ( potters), by- lanes, old photographs, pantheism and paganism. “I do not follow trends. My work combines contradictory elements. Unapologetically individualistic and fiercely honest. Each piece should be a dialogue. It needs to have cultural reference. It must originate in history and transcend into today,” says the designer.